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Jahnke: Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings

Each week, PFF's fantasy football analysts post our rankings in PPR, non- PPR and 0.5 PPR formats for the league's offensive skill positions. Jon Macri and I then add our IDP rankings, making the PFF rankings pages the go-to resource for all your fantasy football decisions.

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According to FantasyPros, my rankings were the third-most accurate among 129 experts in 2019, and they were also the most accurate for running backs. After three weeks of 2020, they were fourth-best among 166 fantasy experts.

Of course, our rankings are in a constant state of flux, with changes being made due to injury reports and personnel/usage updates, among other factors. But regardless of any changes that may occur between now and Sunday, here are 10 borderline fantasy starters whose rankings I feel confident about heading into the fifth week of the fantasy football season. These rankings are based on PPR scoring settings within their positions as of Wednesday morning.

BIG-GAME POTENTIAL

Sep 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA;Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass during pregame warmups before playing the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
10. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers

Bridgewater spent the first three weeks far away from top-12 fantasy quarterback status but had a huge Week 4. Two touchdowns in the air and one on the ground helped him rank as the QB4. Bridgewater's PFF grade hasn’t been great this season, but the talent around him can help elevate his performance. Mike Davis has been a top-five running back in receiving grade while Robby Anderson has been top 20 among wide receivers in receiving grade.

If there is any opponent to follow that up with, it’s the Atlanta Falcons. Three of the four quarterbacks Atlanta has faced have finished among the top three highest scoring QBs. The only exception is Week 3 when the Bears made a mid-game quarterback change. Their combined scores would have been the fifth-best quarterback that week. Atlanta’s secondary wasn’t a strength going into the season, and they’ve only lost more players. 

Among the Week 1 starters, cornerback A.J. Terrell is on the reserve/Covid-19 list, slot cornerback Darqueze Dennard is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, free safety Damontae Kazee tore his ACL on Monday night and Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen both missed Week 4 with other injuries. If there is any week to play Bridgewater this season, this is it.

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